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Centre S.M.A.Art participates to the EPISCON project, aimed at establishing a three-years European PhD in Science for Conservation. The project is implemented by a consortium composed by ten internationally distinguished European academic and conservation institutions working in the field of cultural heritage preservation and research. The PhD will be opened to young scientists with masters' degrees in one of the natural, physical or applied scientific disciplines and will have three years duration.
Partecipants to EPISCON are:
1) University of Bologna, I (Coordinator)
2) Danish School of Conservation, Copenaghen, Dk
3) Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, Budapest, Hu
4) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Gr
5) Universidad de Oviedo, E
6) "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Rom
7) University of Perugia - Centre S.M.A. Art, I
8) Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam, NL
9) Hungarian National Museum. Budapest, Hu
10) Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ICVBC, Firenze, I

For details on curricula, programs and activities, click here.


Previous S.M.A.Art activities in the field of high-education included two Masters.
In the perspective to develop the scientific national basis,  a II Level Master has been organized, during 2004, on "Preventive conservation of cultural heritage", integrating teaching activities with scientific research. The course was held in cooperation with the Regione dell'Umbria thanks to a contribution of the E.C. The Master had an interdisciplinary character and was opened to graduates in chemistry, physics, geology, biology, conservation of cultural heritage, art-history, archaeology, archtecture and engineering. 15 students have been selected on the basis of 170 applications. The course started in April 2004 and was closed with the "stage" of the students in Public (Soprintendenza AAPPSAD per l'Umbria, Soprintendenza Archeologica, Regione dell'Umbria) and Private Institutions (CooBeC di Spoleto, TecniReCo di Spoleto, Kimia di Pontefelcino. etc.) operating in the field of conservation. 184 hours of lectures have been held  in classrooms, while the hours devoted to laboratory experiences were 210.
Besides the classroom lectures and the laboratory experiences, the students carried out in-situ measurements on diagnostics and characterisation of materials, using the advanced portable equipment of the Centre in restoration yards (examples: Torre di S.Severo in Orvieto - restoration by CooBeC; frescoes of Benozzo Gozzoli in the Cappella di S. Girolamo in S. Francesco di Montefalco - restoration by CooBeC) and in Museum also, such as the Museo Regionale della Ceramica in Deruta, the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Perugia.
A I Level Master "Radici di Pietra" has been also organised, with the contribution of the E.C. and the Regione dell'Umbria. The Master was dedicated to the education of  n. 15 "Operatori per la Conservazione di Aree Archeologiche in Contesti Urbani" (10 archaeologists and 5 architects or engineers). The students were selected on the basis of 70 applications. The Master had as central argument the analysis of the problems for the study, conservation and managing connected with the project of valorisation of the Etruscan walls of the city of Perugia, supported by the italian Government and realised by the Perugia Municipality. Besides the teachers belonging to several Italian universities (Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza", Universita' di Roma "Tor Vergata", Universita' Statale di Milano, Universita' di Napoli "Federico II") and other professionals, numerous teachers and researchers of the SMAArt centre have been engaged. The courses (700 hours) had specific arguments such as conservation of stone materials, 3D laser scan techniques, impact of tourism on archaeological sites. Case-studies were also discussed such as those related to the safeguard of relevant national archaeological areas (Pompei, Roma, Cortona).
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